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Militarized Police
Submitted by: Larry

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"The seamless integration of the military and law enforcement into a single 'Internal Security Force' is the defining characteristic of a fully realized police state. Once this fusion is accomplished, the question becomes not 'whether' a police state exists, but rather how acute its institutional violence against the subject population will become."

"That condition now exists in the country that still calls itself -- without any apparent irony -- the United States of America."

"Much alarm has been raised over the admittedly alarming news that beginning October 1, the U.S. Army's Northern Command will deploy a specialized, combat-tested unit as an 'on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.'" ...
 

Ray Schoenke's American Hunters and Shooters Assoc. receives frigid reception in the Buckeye State
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fake gun group American Hunters and Shooters Association (ASHA) President Ray Schoenke received a cold reception from Ohioans during a swing through the state to campaign for former Joyce Foundation board member Barack Obama, and judging by a follow-up press release, he is still feeling the sting." ...

"Schoenke then took to the airwaves live in studio on WKBN's Ron Verb show, with Malloy sitting in as co-host. It soon became clear that WKBN listeners were seeing through Schoenke's faux pro-gun personna, as caller after caller took him to task for various issues, many of which had been raised on this website the day before." ...
 

Individuals vs. Statistics: Anti Gun Groups Engage in Flawed Profiling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I've noticed an interesting anti gun argument that (incorrectly) assumes gun owners are more likely to be killed by their own gun than to stop a criminal in their home, then assumes that such an (incorrect) statistic applies to each and every gun owner. This is one of the more flawed anti gun arguments I've heard, so I thought I would take a moment to discuss the flaws with such reasoning:"

"The often quoted by utterly untrue myth that gun ownership is more dangerous than useful was started by one Mr. Kellermann, in his discredited study 'Protection or Peril? An Analysis of Firearms-Related Deaths in the Home.' ... The fact is that 65 lives are protected for every 2 lives lost, making guns a safety enhancing thing. ..." ...
 

The People Behind a Conservation Success Story
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today's green movement uses certain buzzwords -- organic, locavore, renewable -- to the wry amusement of 15 million to 20 million of us who've actually lived the eco-friendly lifestyle that these words describe."

"We are hunters."

"As a subset of America, we're admittedly somewhat smaller than we used to be. Our numbers have been steadily pressed beneath a culture growing ever faster, more complex and distant from its rural ancestry. Now, like growing vegetables, gathering fresh eggs and raising farm animals for the table, the proclivity and skill to harvest Earth's bounty of wild game -- and to pass on this tradition to those longing for simpler ways of life -- reside in only a relative few of us." ...
 

Company at war with Mike Bloomberg names gun paint in his honor
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The Wisconsin company that earned Mayor Bloomberg's ire by selling paint kits for rifles and handguns is firing back - by selling a bright-red shade called 'Furious Mike.'"

"'As long as he keeps attacking, we'll keep fighting back,' said Steve Lauer of Lauer Custom Weaponry, which sells kits in 145 colors. 'He's just trying to put me out of business.'" ...

"... 'He just continues forward on this crusade against colors. First, this guy doesn't like black guns. Now he doesn't like pink guns.'" ...
 

MO: Security Guard Shoots Man At Liquor Store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A man was shot by a liquor store security guard on Tuesday night, police said.

Officers said the guard told them a man, who he thought had a gun, was causing problems at the Royal Liquor Store on Southwest Boulevard about 9 p.m.

After telling the man to leave, the guard said the man became violent and during a struggle, the security guard shot him.

The man ran off, and police later found him in an alley about a block away. They did not find a gun.

The man's injuries are considered life-threatening, police said.
 

AZ: Sheriff's deputies say shooting death the result of self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A 49-year old man was shot to death outside of a residence in the 4100 block of North Soldier Trail in what apparently was a case of self-defense.

According to witnesses, the shooting victim entered the home of another man at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, and made threats against the man. The victim was shot when he grabbed the other man and began to drag him out of the residence, according to Pima County Sheriff’s investigators.

The name of the shooting victim has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
 

TX: Neighbors defend Texan accused of murdering teen
Submitted by: motoboy

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"The trial of a man accused of executing a teen who broke into his home with friends looking for snacks has many in this border city outraged. Not because of the crime, but because the man is facing a murder charge."

"In a state where the right to use deadly force to protect one's life and property is sacrosanct and frontier justice is still sometimes the norm - particularly on the violence-plagued Texas-Mexico border - prosecutors have to explain the decision to try Jose Luis Gonzalez."

"Even their future boss, the man who is running uncontested for Webb County district attorney in November, disagrees with the decision; he is Gonzalez's defense attorney." ...
 

'Nobody Knows Obama's Record on Guns Better Than I Do,' Says Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'One of the most blatant lies ever to come from a politician's mouth,' is how the ISRA is characterizing a recent statement by U.S. Senator Barack Obama. Speaking in the latest issue of 'Field & Stream,' Obama claims that Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their rights. On the contrary, Obama's voting record while a state senator clearly indicates that he has nothing but contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner."

"'Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused,' said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. 'Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate, Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership. ...'" ...
 

OK: Why Obama will lose
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"When Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France as ambassador of the United States in 1776, he won the hearts of the French through his authenticity. ... Original genius and polymath, Franklin understood that the French would see through any false pretension but respect an authenticity that sprang from an unpretentious and naive love of country."

"What a contrast there is between Franklin and Barack Obama. Obama ... is only the latest in a long line of shallow elites that consider it stylish and intellectual to despise their own culture and heritage."

"Nothing exemplifies Obama’s antipathy for American culture better than his statement that Americans 'cling to' religion and guns out of frustration or bitterness. ..." ...
 

Ho hum: Obama's lawyer threatens TV stations that run NRA ad
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"I'm surprised. Usually in cases like this, Obama has his cult followers inundate the offending station with irate, semi-coherent phone calls ... For whatever reason they've decided that won’t work here, so they’re opting for Plan B. Straight out of the Democratic handbook Harry Reid used to threaten ABC's broadcast license for showing the 'Path to 9/11,' here's Obama lawyer Robert Bauer warning station managers not to air the NRA's new anti-Obama 'Hunter' ad if they want to stay in the FCC's good graces. Follow the link and read his letter[.pdf] and the NRA's rebuttal[.pdf] for point/counterpoint. ..." ...
 

Florida congressman points to Palin to rally Jews to Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because 'anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.'"

"'If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,' Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So gun owners are racists and bigots?
 

IL: Illinois State Rifle Association Urges Hunters and Sportsmen to Oppose Constitutional Convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ISRA is urging state hunters, sportsmen and gun owners to vote 'NO' this November on a ballot initiative to hold a state constitutional convention. The ISRA believes that holding a constitutional convention would open the door to significant changes in the state constitution and thus imperil the rights of law-abiding gun owners."

"'The delegate count in a constitutional convention would certainly be stacked in Chicago's favor,' commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. 'Consequently, Mayor Daley would have carte blanche to craft the Illinois Constitution to his liking. Daley has said in the past that, if it were up to him, nobody would be allowed to own a gun. ...'"
 

OH: Independence, Northfield Complying, Repealing Ordinances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this week Ohioans For Concealed Carry issued a cease and desist letter to the City of Independence ... and on Tuesday afternoon we sent a request to the Village of Northfield ... Independence had a two year old park ban, and Northfield outlawed 'unconcealed' carrying of firearms, a first degree misdemeanor. These letters are just a few of many we've sent to communities all across Ohio this week seeking RC 9.68 compliance (local gun law repeals, park bans)."

"On Wednesday night Ohioans For Concealed Carry president Jeff Garvas addressed the Northfield Council with respect to their aggressive open carry ban."

"We are pleased to announce that both cities appear to be moving in the right direction promptly. ..." ...
 

The NFRTR is INSUFFICIENT for Criminal Proceedings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a major victory for those of us arguing that the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) is insufficient for criminal proceedings, Dr. Fritz Scheuren, 'the' statistician in the United States (possibly the world), today informed the 10th District Court that the NFRTR is insufficient for criminal proceedings. While no decision has been rendered in the case of US v. Larry Douglas Friesen, this is a MAJOR defeat for the BATFE, who, over the years, has argued that although the NFRTR is flawed, it still can be used in criminal proceedings. To understand just how flawed the NFRTR is, see my article on the NFRTR violating Due Process[.pdf]." ...
 

CO: Police Officer Arrested for Sex Crimes with Child
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Police Officer has been arrested for sexual exploitation of a child."

"In a joint Internet Crimes Against Children investigation led by Canon City Police, Officer Todd Vecellio was arrested in a sting operation Wednesday night. Canon City Police arrested the officer outside of a Penrose liquor store."

"Vecellio faces numerous felony charges and is being held in the Fremont County jail."

"The 38-year-old officer has since been placed on suspension without pay by U.C.C.S." ...
 

FL: UF police charge Titusville officer with misconduct, stalking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"University of Florida police have charged a Titusville police officer with accessing a computer without authority, official misconduct and stalking. The stalking charge is a misdemeanor, but the other two charges are felonies."

"Adam Paul Treinen, 25, surrendered Wednesday after learning of the warrant. He has been placed administrative leave while the Titusville department conducts an internal investigation. He has worked there since February 2004, much of the time as a school resource officer."

"... Treinen used law enforcement data bases without permission or justification since January to search for information about a former girlfriend with whom he fathered a child and the woman's current boyfriend ..." ...
 

PA: Sheriff DeLeo Revoked Her CCW Permit
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"Lebanon County PA Sheriff Michael DeLeo revoked Meleanie Hain's concealed carry permit because she was open carrying while watching a soccer game. I'm no expert on PA law, but it looks to me like it is perfectly legal to open carry in PA with or without a permit unless you happen to be in the city of brotherly love, which she wasn't. I guess that Sheriff DeLeo just doesn't like soccer moms to be armed for the defense of themselves or their children so he abused his authority in an illegal fashion. I hope she sues & wins enough to buy herself a case of her favorite lipstick & a couple of extra firearms of her own choosing paid for courtesy of the citizens who elected DeLeo. Perhaps in the next election they'll choose more wisely" ...
 

PA: Hot dogs outside Philly ballpark cause bomb scare
Submitted by: motoboy

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"After a bomb scare at the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark, authorities pointed the finger at a fuzzy green suspect - The Phillie Phanatic."

"Hours before the Phillies-Atlanta Braves' game on Wednesday night, a film crew shot a commercial of the mascot shooting heavily wrapped hot dogs from a launcher."

"But someone inadvertently left three of the duct taped hot dogs outside the ballpark, sparking security fears. Stadium employees were evacuated and the bomb squad was called in."

"Only after the packages were blown up did authorities realize they'd just exploded some sausages." ...
 

NY: NYPD Taser Death Sparks Outrage In Bed-Stuy
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Racquel McDonald was standing on Tomkins Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant, unknowingly recording the last moments of Iam Morales' life on her cell phone."

"Dozens of people witnessed it, too. Some were taking photos of Morales as he jumped up and down on top of a 10-foot high roll-down gate, swinging a florescent light bulb around and poking officers standing on a nearby fire escape."

"An officer on the ground then raised his Taser gun and fired a 50,000-volt shock, immobilizing him." ...

"Witnesses said police did nothing to break Morales' fall, and his mother was standing just a few yards away. She was the one who called police ... she believed he was suffering from a bad reaction to new medication." ...
 

PA: Pistol-packin' soccer mama brings on heat
Submitted by: jac

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... "On Sept. 11, Hain created a stir among other parents when she wore her weapon — a loaded Glock 26, about the size of an adult hand — in a holster to her 5-year-old daughter’s soccer game ..."

"Although she did not break a law by carrying the weapon openly, she is now facing the loss of her concealed-weapons permit. ..." ...

"Parents were upset by the presence of the weapon at the game being played by 4- and 5-year-olds ..." ...

"Although [Sheriff] DeLeo has never met Hain and does not know her, he based his decision on what he considered a lack of judgment in bringing an openly worn weapon to a youth soccer match." ...
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Submitters note: There is no provison in PA shall issue law under which to legally revoke her permit.
 

NY: Brooklyn Man Dies After Being Tasered By NYPD (follow-up)
Submitted by: Larry

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"The New York Police Department has taken action against two officers involved in the death of an emotionally disturbed man who fell to his death after being shot with a Taser gun in Brooklyn on Wednesday night." ...

"The lieutenant who directed the use of the stun gun was stripped of his gun and badge, and the officer who shocked Morales was placed on desk duty as the investigation continues. Their names were not released."

"'None of the ... officers on the scene were positioned to break his fall, nor did they devise a plan in advance to do so,' said chief department spokesman Paul Browne." ...
 

NY: Not one of New York's Finest...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... Finest moments." ...

"So, I was sitting in un-disclosed corner Pizza Parlor ... grabbing a slice with L. ... To L's back, there was a uniformed female New York police officer ..." ...

"Apparently the cop overheard our conversation because she turned and looked, also. As soon as she saw the mouse, she jumped up, knocking over her chair. Her hand went directly to her holster." ...

"I ask her if she is going to shoot it? She looks at the mouse, then her gun, then to the mouse again." ...

"The cop slowly backs her way to the door, never letting the mouse out of her sight. She reaches out behind her to feel for the door, pepper spray, still leveled and ready. The door, now opened, she turns and sprints out the door." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Australia: Police officer charged over child porn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A New South Wales police officer has been charged with child pornography offences after a raid on his Cowra home in the state's central west.

Acting on a tip-off from police in Croatia, officers allegedly found child pornography on the 44-year-old's computer.

They also discovered a replica pistol during the search.

The probationary Constable will appear in Cowra local court in November.
 

Canada: Police officer charged with impaired driving
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Ottawa police officer has been charged with impaired driving stemming from an incident in Gatineau in July."

"On Thursday, Ottawa police confirmed that Gatineau police and the Gatineau Crown Attorney's office had charged Const. Martin Dompierre with impaired driving."

"'The Ottawa Police Service takes the conduct of its members very seriously and holds all sworn officers to a standard that is consistent with community expectations and their oath of office,' Ottawa police Chief Vern White said in a release." ...

"If the officer is convicted, he will also face automatic charges for discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act."

"He is scheduled to appear at the Hull courthouse on Oct. 10."
 

Canada: Raw Foodists Arrested for Trafficking Chocolate
Submitted by: Larry

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"When Ron and Nadine from the Living Libations beauty care and chocolate company ... attempted to fly to the United States in August of this year, they ran into something completely unexpected: Drug-sniffing dogs at the Toronto airport. When their dogs took a special interest in their raw, unrefined chocolate with hemp seeds and superfood extracts, they were arrested, handcuffed and put through hours of tortuous interrogation. ..." ...

"Their chocolate looked suspicious, they were told, because it wasn't in a commercial wrapper. If it's not Hershey's, it must be drugs! An on-the-spot drug test ... returned a positive result, the Canadian police claimed, and that's all the evidence they need to arrest anyone." ...
 

Scoping Your Muzzleloader
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A recent Kansas deer hunting regulation update to allow scope-mounted guns during the early muzzleloader season will alter the configuration of many muzzle-loading rifles. Effective shooting ranges will increase, and I look for this regulation change to increase deer harvest numbers. There are several reasons for this. While a scope will not necessarily improve rifle accuracy, it will aid the hunter's shooting precision. " ...
 

OK: Reader says letter is far beneath civil discourse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mr. Alluiso’s letter (Sept. 17) which launched personal attacks accusing fellow reader Ms. Ammann (Sept. 2 Editor Letter) of 'misguided fear-mongering' over stating her concerns that if elected, Obama would remove our Second Amendment right to bear arms ... was far beneath the dignity of civil discourse usually found in our hometown paper. In addition, Alluiso's counter argument that a President Obama would have no ability to affect these issues is simply not true."

"Alluiso ignores completely the very real likelihood that Obama will nominate at least one and possibly four Supreme Court justices during his presidency — the same Supreme Court whose job it is to interpret the Constitution ..." ...
 

NY: New York Law Firm Announces Dismissal of Felony Gun Charge Based Upon Federal Defense
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"New York criminal defense law firm Tilem & Campbell announced today that all charges were dismissed against a client charged with possessing a loaded firearm in Bronx County, New York. The firm relied on the largely unknown federal travelers' defense which grants a defense to state gun charges for those traveling interstate with their firearms. The client was originally charged with a class 'C' violent felony and was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in state prison and up to fifteen years in state prison if convicted; he was needless to say ecstatic with the outcome." ...
 

OH: Clyde case yields first protections for gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As readers of this website are aware, last week the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that R.C. 9.68 is valid, and that municipalities may not infringe on the broad statutory and constitutional right to carry firearms. Within a few days, this opinion saw application in courtrooms around the state."

"Readers of this website are familiar with the story of Damon Wells, the young man in Cleveland who shot at thugs in self-defense last year, killing one. ... his life has generally been turned upside down. ..."

"Unfortunately, the City of Cleveland is among those determined to make Damon’s life a continuing series of aggravations. After the thugs' trial, Damon had to fight with Cleveland to obtain return of his gun. ..."
 

Finland: Why do Finns own so many guns?
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"Last week, a gunman in Finland posted on the Internet a video of himself firing a gun and saying, 'You die next.' Days later, he killed 10 people, prompting government officials to re-examine gun-control laws in the country. In November 2007, after a similar shooting, Michelle Tsai asked why Finns have the world's third-highest rate of gun ownership." ...
 

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